You wrote: “Grief is an intense sorrow that occurs to a person after the death of loved ones.”


You wrote: “Grief is an intense sorrow that occurs to a person after the death of loved ones.”

Can one survive the loss of a loved one without going through the grieving process?

Dr. Cox



Dear Dr.Cox and Classmates

The Grief process

Grief is an intense sorrow that occurs to a person after the death of loved ones. According to the research by Elizabeth Kubler, there are five stages of grief (Corr, 2020). The first stage is denial, where the world has no meaning and life makes no sense to us. We ask ourselves how we can go on and why there is there a need to go on. The next stage is anger which is essential because the more we feel angry over situations, the more we feel it, which speeds up the healing. The next stage is bargaining. We make the “if onlys” where we want to go back in time and restore the lost one. The fourth stage is a depression, where our attention comes into the present; grief hits deeper, and we feel it lasts forever. The last stage is acceptance, where we now accept that our loved one is gone and start learning to live with it. The stages are not fixed as some may be absent, or the order is re-arranged.

Grief is an active process since coping requires several actions. The process encourages overcoming temptations where those around us should provide support and choose appropriate to address us (Kavanaugh et al., 2019). A real-life example is when my friend lost his dad where he had temper tantrums and regretting he could have talked to him for one last time. He was really depressed, but we had to take him through accepting and moving on with life. The perspective of death for those in late adulthood is that they have lower fears of death as they have few responsibilities, had time to achieve their dreams in life, the future has fewer opportunities for them, and they have already experienced losing close people. Their only focus is declaring how they die peacefully.



Boyden, J. Y., Kavanaugh, K., Issel, L. M., Eldeirawi, K., & Meert, K. L. (2019). Experiences of African American parents following perinatal or pediatric death: A literature review. Death Studies, 38(6), 374-380.

Corr, C. A. (2020). Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and the “five stages” model in a sampling of recent American textbooks. OMEGA-Journal of Death and Dying, 82(2), 294-322.

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